Cuomo signs executive order to protect reproductive rights before Trump’s Supreme Court nomination
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order on Monday to protect abortion and contraceptive coverage in the state, hours before President Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court.
The executive order forbids health-care companies from denying coverage for contraceptives, the New York Post reported.
“I’m going to sign an Executive Order today that protects a woman’s right to choose, protects a woman’s right to contraceptive care,” said Cuomo, who is running for reelection and facing a challenge from the left. “No insurance company can deny it. No bureaucracy can deny it and no federal agency can deny it.”
The order directs the state Department of Financial Services to require health insurers to cover over-the-counter emergency contraception and a year’s supply of contraception without co-insurance, co-pays or deductibles, according to a statement from his office.
Cuomo attended a rally for women’s rights groups and promised to fight for reproductive rights amid Democratic concern that Trump’s nominee will overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide, WXXI News reported.
“Mark my words, they are moving to roll back Roe v. Wade, that is going to be the next move by this president,” Cuomo said at the event. “They say it. It’s not like you have to read the tea leaves.”
Cuomo’s order also called on the state Senate to reconvene and vote on protections for Roe v. Wade.
“In the face of this federal assault, New York is going to protect itself because this state has always been the progressive capital of the nation,” Cuomo said.